The pictures that came from Tahrir Square on January 2011 inundated the world with the power of the Egyptian revolution. Among the cameras telling the story, there was the one owned by Esraa Al-Taweel, a young Egyptian photographer arrived who in Cairo in 2010, when she was just 17 years old.
Since the fall of Mubarak, Esraa has personally lived all the repressive policies suffocating Cairo since the 2013 putch. The year after that, on Jan. 25, 2014, she was in Mohandesin with her camera to immortalize the protests carried out by a population frustrated by the permanent lack of democracy: She was wounded by a bullet that left her paralyzed for a year.
A few months after, in June 2015, she was arrested. “I was dining with a few friends in Zamalek,” Esraa says, “when we were taken by the security services. I was made to disappear for 15 days. They interrogated me, and the district attorney accused me of spreading false information.” She came back home six months after that, in December, just to end up in house arrest.